Paganini Ensemble Vienna

Paganini Ensemble – Fotos © Oskar Schmidt

Rediscovering Paganini’s Chamber Music Masterpieces

The Paganini Ensemble Vienna was founded in 2019 and is one of the first ensembles to focus primarily on the chamber music works of Niccolò Paganini. The ensemble often presents rarely-performed repertoire, offering its audiences unique insights into Paganini’s extensive oeuvre for the violin, guitar, viola, and violoncello, using historically informed performance.

Between 2021-2023, the ensemble performed throughout Europe and Canada at prestigious venues, including the Auditorio Nacional Madrid and the Konzerthaus Vienna; at important cultural centres in Montreal, Ottawa, Santander, Burgos; and at international music festivals and concert series in Vilnius, Ghent, Varna, Collingwood, Sofia, Plovdiv, Jeunesse Austria, Warsaw and Udine, among others.

The Paganini Ensemble Vienna enthusiastically promotes contemporary music and has given world-premieres of many works dedicated to the ensemble by acclaimed composers, such as Tomas Marco Aragon, Alessandro Solbiati, Rainer Bischof, Richard Duenser, Gabriele Proy, Tristan Schulze, Gheorgi Arnaoudov.

The ensemble has been commissioned by a leading Italian record label „Dynamic“ to record the complete works of Paganini‘s chamber music oeuvre. As a result of this project, the ensemble has also uncovered fascinating new parallels within the works of other major classical, romantic and modern composers, many of whom had been inspired by the music of Paganini.

The members of the ensemble are in continuous contact with several prominent institutions dedicated to furthering the life and music of Niccolò Paganini, including the Paganini Society of Genova, Italy and the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome, where many of the composer‘s original manuscripts are located. They also consult with distinguished musicologists such as Dr. Maria Teresa Dellabora and Dr. Danilo Prefumo.
Pagnini‘s works offer not only technical virtuosity and moments of tremendous passion, but also passages expressing tenderness, pathos, and a sense of joy. These elements are essential to a better understanding of Niccolò Paganini‘s music, as the composer once said: We must strongly feel to make others feel.

Mario Hossen, Violin

Mario Hossen is the founder of the Paganini Ensemble Vienna. He is a Bulgarian-Austrian concert violinist, considered as one of the leading interpreters of Paganini Music. He made his debut as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of eight. As a soloist of international acclaim, Mario Hossen has performed with renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra. Hossen‘s musicological and artistic endeavors are focused among other things on source research on Niccolo Paganini. Mario Hossen performs on G.B. Guadagnini Violin (1749), which is placed at his disposal by the Austrian National Bank. He plays all concerts exclusively with his preferred strings, the Vision Titanium Solo strings manufactured by Viennese company Thomastik-Infeld.

Also see Mario Hossen’s full CV as a soloist.

Marta Potulska, Viola

Violist Marta Potulska is a dedicated chamber musician and co-founder of the Paganini Ensemble of Vienna. She also performs with other notable chamber music ensembles and as a member of the Burgtheater Ensemble in Vienna. Mrs. Potulska is a laureate of several international competitions including first prize at the Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria (2007), at the International Bled Competition and Festival in Slovenia (2011), as well as second prize at the Michał Spisak International Viola Competition in Poland. She is also the recipient of a special award at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man, UK (2006). Mrs. Potulska performs in prestigious concert halls throughout Europe such as the Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Auditorio National de Madrid and many venues worldwide, including USA, Canada and Japan. She also enjoys performing in international music festivals, such as the Salzburger Festspiel, Strings Only in Zadar, Osor Music Evenings Festival in Osor, Croatia, Arsana Art Festival in Ptuj in Slovenia, Vares Classic Festival in Bosnia, Varna Summer Music Festival in Bulgaria and the Collingwood Music Festival in Ontario, Canada, among others.

Liliana Kehayova, Violoncello

Liliana Kehayova, a forth generation musician, received her Master degree in cello performance in the Vienna Conservatory studying with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova. As a passionate solo and chamber music performer, Ms. Kehayova has participated in numerous music festivals & recitals throughout Europe. She performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Mitteleuropa Orchestra Udine, North Czech Philharmonic, Varna Philharmonic Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Orphica among others. She has performed in venues such as Musikverein (AT), Athenaeum (RO), Rudolfinum- Dvorak Hall and Smetana Hall (CZ), Palau de la Musica Catalana (ES) & Bulgaria Hall (BG). In 2012, Liliana was honoured with the grand scholarship of the Austrian foundation „Alban Berg”

Alexander Swete, Guitar

Alexander Swete is one of the leading and internationally most sought-after guitarists in Austria. His expressive playing, sense of sound and virtuosic ease delight both critics and audiences. During his studies at the Conservatory in Bregenz with Georg Gaupp-Berghausen and at the Vienna Music Academy with Konrad Ragossnig he had already achieved great success in prestigious international guitar competitions (Havana / Cuba and ARD Munich). His international breakthrough started in 1991 after winning the 1st prize at the International Guitar Competition of Radio France in Paris, the world‘s most important competition for guitar. Alexander Swete is professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and is D‘Addario Artist, playing on D‘Addario Pro Arte Nylon strings.